Famous Inspirational Poem

In this poem, Douglas Malloch (1877-1938) shares an encouraging message for readers of all ages. Although we don't all hold prestigious jobs, we can all be the best at who we are. Our position in life doesn't make us more or less valuable. The beauty of this world is shown when each person does what he has been called to do and does it with great pride. When we measure our success by the standards of this world, many of us will feel as though we've fallen short. Douglas Malloch reminds us that success is measured by being the best at whoever you are. Like many, he came from humble roots, but he used his gift of writing to touch the lives of many people.

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Be The Best Of Whatever You Are

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If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
  Be a scrub in the valley — but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
  Be a bush if you can't be a tree.

If you can't be a bush be a bit of the grass,
  And some highway happier make;
If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass —
  But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
  There's something for all of us here,
There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
  And the task you must do is the near.

If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
  If you can't be the sun be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or you fail —
  Be the best of whatever you are!

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  • Subhash Bansal by Subhash Bansal
  • 5 days ago

This short and simple-worded poem gives a lot of courage, hope and peace to every person living in this world irrespective of wealth, wisdom, knowledge and status. It neither talks of comparison, nor of competition. The philosophy underneath this poem is not to feel small, jealous or vindictive on seeing others but to get involved fully with what we have been doing or what we wish to do in times to come.
Really an excellent poem in a few but meaningful words.

  • Suhas G. Patwardhan by Suhas G. Patwardhan
  • 2 months ago

The poet urges readers to be the best in spite of their current positions, social standing, etc. The poet wants readers to do their best irrespective of whatever they are. An inspirational and motivational poem makes readers feel cheerful, optimistic, energetic and enthusiastic enough to make others happy. The poet has used two contrasting images, ones that are desirable and the others not so good. He wants readers to do their best and forget the rest. He advises readers, "Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you."

  • AVANISH K R by AVANISH K R, Shivamogga
  • 5 months ago

Wow, I remember my teacher said, "Be the best at what you do. Better to be a great sheep than a lousy lion."

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